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Welcome to the latest edition of the Collabforge newsletter!
 

Thoughts on Collaboration & Disruption


America's election results have delivered a second massive disruption to politics and governance within a single year after the UK's Brexit. Both disruptions have relied upon divisive and polarising dynamics, as opposed to collaboration and the integration of ideas and perspectives. The degree to which both nations are able to rebuild their shared vision and collective identity will determine many of their, and indeed other nations', challenges and opportunities in the years to come. The scale of this collaboration challenge is daunting to say the least, but points to an opportunity for others around the world: to consider how to bring the power of collaboration to our biggest divisions before they become powder-kegs, easily co-opted by others. 
 
We are putting our minds to this at Collabforge, so please get in touch if you would like to explore these ideas and opportunities with us. 
 
With our best wishes and inspiration, Mark Elliott and the team at Collabforge.
PROJECTS
GETTING THE IDEAS FLOWING, DIGITALLY, AT DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT
Teams at the Department of Employment, have been working hard to integrate innovation across the organisation. From user-centred design training to co-designing the Employment 2.0 project, innovation is a key aspect of delivering the Department's Strategic Plan. A central aspect of this has been enabling their people, at all levels to contribute and share forward looking ideas equally.
A digital tool is perfect for this, and Collabforge has been thrilled for the opportunity to work closely with the team at Department of Employment to deliver a platform customised to the Department's unique processes and needs. While the platform has only been soft-launched internally so far, it is already seeing some early wins with:
  • More than 200 staffers signed up to the system – double the number expected
  • 56 ideas were submitted
  • 172 votes cast in support of ideas
Read more about how this project unfolded on our blog here.

The Department is our second major partner in our Collabco innovation, ideas management platform. You can learn more about our software here.
COLLABORATION MASTERCLASS - LAST CHANCE!

Our Collaboration Masterclasses, delivered in partnership with Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA), have been a hit! This masterclass provides a quick collaboration level-up, with attendees self-reporting an average 30% increase in collaboration capability after the workshop.

The last currently scheduled session is approaching quickly on the 22nd of November.
FREE for members of the Victorian Public Service.

Register now!


If you would be interested in running a masterclass to improve collaboration capability in your organisation or industry, please get in touch!
ENDEAVOUR HOUSE OPENS IN CANBERRA; THE NEED-TO-BE-THERE LOCATION FOR PROGRESSIVE ORGANISATIONS & LOBBYISTS

With a proximity to Parliament House and a number of well-known bars and restaurants, Endeavour House will provide an ideal launchpad for those seeking to make positive impact in Canberra.

Collabforge is working with Ethical Property Australia to enable incoming tenants to play a role in determining how colocation might support their unique activities.
We are excited to see where this project goes! You can read the media write-up of the launch here.
COLLABORATION INSPIRATION
WHEN COLLABORATIVE SENSE-MAKING WINS OUT OVER EXPERTISE ALONE
The folks at the top of the food chain don't always have all the answers, especially in these turbulent times when being able to dynamically respond to market signals is critical to competitiveness. Here's a little piece from David Holzmer on how leaders can shift to become solution architects, mutually empowering decision-making and collaborative knowledge creation.

Read the full article here.
RITUAL DESIGN: CHANGING BEHAVIOUR WHILE PROVIDING COLLECTIVE NARRATIVE & PURPOSE

We're always thinking about how to evolve our practices and create better collaborators and innovators. This month we've been dreaming on how we might embed ritual design into our facilitation toolkit, as a means to create 'stickiness' for important practices.

Here's a great article which dives into the power and purpose of this interesting and emerging field.
DO YOU HAVE A GREAT STORY ON COLLABORATION OR INNOVATION YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE?

Because we'd love to hear them and share them in our next newsletters!  

Reach out to us on contact@collabforge.com
"Strategy is not really a solo sport - even if you're the CEO" - Max McKeown
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